Lead Software Engineer

Evaluate a company's needs and develop software to address them.

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Salary Range
$91,000 – $146,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Lead Software Engineers do?

As modern companies steam ahead at record speed, the technology is constantly challenged. Software programs are written, implemented, and outdated in what appears to be the blink of an eye. With so much on the line and so many factors to consider, it’s important to have a Lead Software Engineer in the company who can view the entire situation and make a judgment about what programs are needed and viable given the resources at hand.

As a Lead Software Engineer, you have a hand in every step of the company’s software development process. You analyze current programs and consider ways to improve them. This often requires you, the Lead Software Engineer, to run tests, make changes, and document any updates.

You know the current system inside and out, and are equally comfortable writing a program from scratch. The first task is to identify the expectations for the program. Common software include those used for gaming, music, videos, or web searching. You might also create educational software for the classroom, or a program that helps organize the flow of data within an organization.

The most important part of your job is to consider all the factors and evaluate whether the project is feasible. You review the scope of the project and gauge whether it can be done. If it can, you analyze whether it fits within time and budget constraints.

Then you design, develop, and create prototypes. And as if all that isn’t enough, you also create informational presentations for peers, management, and customers, and mentor Junior Software Engineers.


Should I be a Lead Software Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Network Software Manager

    How to become a Lead Software Engineer

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